What B.I.A.S. Really Means
When you think of the word BIAS I’m sure you automatically think that someone is showing a prejudice to someone or something. Some of us know all too well about being treated unfairly whether it’s due to race, age or sexual orientation. As I thought of the many negative thoughts that surround this word, I also thought about the profound effect it had on so many people.
I thought to myself “what if.” What if I took a profound negative word and made it into a positive thing. After all, a positive and negative does neutralize things. Because of this four letter monster I internalized so many mixed emotions about myself that led to me suffering with low self-esteem and depression. I began to think that I wasn’t good enough for a promotion, healthy relationship or to be happy. I was too tall, too skinny, too dark and too much of whatever else ailment I convinced myself of.
I’ll never forget I was feeling down and my mom said “you’re not a child of mine thinking like that. Girl you forgot who you were.” She gave me the biggest hug and said “now don’t let yourself get like that again, because you are somebody and don’t you forget it!”
BECAUSE I AM SOMEBODY
This was many years ago that this happened. Then recently I felt like I wasn’t good enough to grace the stage with some of the comedic greats, well known artist or profound ministers that I’ve graced the stage with. As I tried to sleep all I could think of was “why me?” Then I began to think about my mom, out of nowhere I could hear her say “you are somebody and don’t you forget it.” I wrote those words down and had a peaceful nights rest.
When I began to do my morning post I wrote #BecauseIAmSomebody behind each message. I continued to write this behind all of my quotes. I was tweeting something and due to the limited characters I was able to use I simply abbreviated it (#BIAS.) Once I got the revelation of the acronym and what it meant to me “The BIAS Movement” was born.
I took the liberty to redefine the word BIAS. Although I may have been declined a promotion or job opportunity and overlooked or replaced in my personal life, I now know that it happened so that I could receive better. I deserve the best. I will be great and I will be who I’m designed to be. I will accomplish these things while helping others do the same all BECAUSE I AM SOMEBODY!